SMB: “Can you please tell me what scapulars have been approved by the Church?”
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, there are currently 18 small scapulars that have been approved by the Church:
1. The White Scapular of the Most Blessed Trinity (1193)
2. The White Scapular of Our Lady of Ransom (1218)
3. The Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (1250)
4. The Black Scapular of the Seven Sorrows of Mary (1255)
5. The Blue Scapular of the Immaculate Conception
6. The Red Scapular of the Most Precious Blood
7. The Black Scapular of the Passion (1720)
8. The Red Scapular of the Passion (1846)
9. The Black Scapular of Help of the Sick (1860)
10. The White Scapular of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (1877)
11. The Blue and Black Scapular of St. Michael the Archangel (1880)
12. The Scapular of St. Benedict (1882)
13. The Scapular of the Holy Face (1885)
14. The White Scapular of the Our Lady of Good Counsel (1893)
15. The White Scapular of St. Joseph (1898)
16. The White Scapular of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (1900)
17. The Scapular of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (1901)
18. The White Scapular of St. Dominic (1903)
The important thing to remember about scapulars is that they are not good luck charms. The word scapular means “over the shoulder” which means they are supposed to be worn around the neck.
They are considered to be sacramentals, which are “sacred signs which bear a resemblance to the sacraments. They signify effects, particularly of a spiritual nature, which are obtained through the intercession of the Church. By them, men are disposed to receive the chief effect of the sacraments, and various occasions in life are rendered holy” (Catechism, No. 1667).
For this reason, they must always be worn with faith and devotion.
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